Sunday, June 26, 2016

Howard Roberts is a Dirty Guitar Player

Two Capitol LPs are reissued in full on this CD. Howard Roberts, a talented jazz guitarist from the 1950s who chose to become a studio musician, is in fine form on these selections, playing soul-jazz and swinging hard bop with a pair of quartets that have either Paul Bryant or Burkley Kendrix on organ. At the time these albums were released (they were both recorded in 1963), one could be excused for shying away from them because they both clocked in at barely a half-hour apiece and the individual selections were all quite concise, almost always less than three minutes apiece. The latter was on purpose so the numbers could be played on AM radio. But as it turned out, Roberts and his group did an excellent job of making every moment count, playing concise but self-sufficient arrangements and taking short but meaningful solos. So although most of the songs seem to end when they are just starting to get going, a lot of music takes place in a short period of time. Roberts recorded a long series of albums for Capitol, and the two combined on this CD are arguably his best for the label.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Howard Roberts
Color Him Funky
H.R. Is a Dirty Guitar Player


Cd. 1

H.R. Is a Dirty Guitar Player

 1 Watermelon Man (Hancock)  2:31
2 Smolderin' (Roberts)  2:52
3 Li'l Darlin' (Hefti)  3:12
4 Turista (Roberts)  2:11
5 If Ever I Would Leave You (Lerner, Loewe)  3:03
6 One O'Clock Jump (Basie)  2:52
7 Deep Fry (Roberts)  2:27
8 Rough Ridin' (Fitzgerald, Jones, Tennyson)  2:27
9 Satin Doll (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  2:55
10 Smokin' (Roberts)  2:15
11 One Note Samba (Samba de Una Nota So) (Hendricks, Jobim, Mendonca)  2:34
12 Dirty Old Bossa Nova (Roberts)  2:12


Cd. 2

Color Him Funky

 1 Florence of Arabia (Wilson)  1:44
2 What Kind of Fool Am I ? (Bricusse, Newley)  2:49
3 Sack O' Woe (Adderley)  2:30
4 When Lights Are Low (Carter, Williams)  2:41
5 Hoe Down (Nelson)  2:52
6 Shiny Stockings (Foster)  2:26
7 Goodbye, Good Luck, I'm Gone ! (Marshall, Roberts)  2:24
8 One Long Day (Bryant, Roberts)  2:37
9 The Peeper (Crawford)  2:15
10 Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini, Mercer)  2:30
11 Down Under (Hubbard)  2:27
12 Color Him Funky (Bryant, Roberts)  2:27


[Cd. 1] "H.R. Is a Dirty Guitar Player"
Same as above, except

Burkley Kendrix - org, replaces Bryant

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; June 3, 4, 5 & July 16, 1963
Capitol - reissued on "PAUSA" in 1984
[Cd. 2] "Color Him Funky"
Howard Roberts - g

Paul Bryant - org
Chuck Berghofer - b
Earl Palmer - dr

Recorded in Studio A, the Capitol Tower, Hollywood, California ; February 12 & 13, 1963

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lcbriza said...

Thanks for another gem from a master of guitar playing.

ita diegues said...

Thanks Melahnchthon.

paul said...

Thank you so much for this. You are very generous.

Blue Eyes said...

Thanks for this one Melanchthon !

johnp said...

Many thanks.

lowgroove said...

Two of my favorite all time albums! Thanks for the upgrade!

Scoredaddy said...

thanks. looks like some good sessions

Gyges said...

Bonjour Melanchthon.

Impossible de te décrire ma reconnaissance pour ce que tu fais mais je te dis qd même un immense, un gigantesque MERCI !!!! pour toutes ces découvertes sublimes.

Tu es un véritable bienfaiteur !

Tes sélections sont tout simplement magiques.

MERCI pour tout !!!

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks again Mr. Mel!

pedro gamundi said...

Por favor me podrias decir el

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

wcpaeb said...

Thanks for this.
One of the first jazz LPs I got back in the late 60's and still one of my favorites.
And incredibly tight, swingin' and inspired performances of those covers and originals.

wcpaeb said...

oops forgot to mention it's CD2
H. R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player.

Color Him Funky is also a good record.

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

these are fine recordings, thank you.
Maybe someone ist interested in more about HR. You can find an intersting film about his life, a nice tribute album (both produced by HR son, Jay, who plays the guiter very fine) here:

Luis Lorenzo said...

Muchas gracias Mell

Enrique Ruiz Macias said...

por favor cual es el pass

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very very much, Mel

Tarara Bumdiay said...

Many thanks yet again.

Axel.T. said...

Absolutely a great post with these 2 albums.
Thank you so much for this one.
Best to you and all here.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice post, Melanchthon.
Thanks a lot.

Geoviki said...

Mr. Geoviki and I were just listening to another Howard Roberts CD last Friday and I mentioned how much I liked his playing, so thanks a whole bunch for this. As always, you deliver the best!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Mel & Merci Beaucoup!! Great posts here on your blog for Howard Roberts...I am most grateful for the chance to hear his Capitol albums, he is a most 'accessible' guitarist for a jazz 'newbie' to listen to! Thanks for your great blog! from Rixboy

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!